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2011 BMW Aplina B7 - Click above for high-res image gallery
Not only will BMW
not make an M7, but they even stopped making the incredibly-close-to-an-M Alpina B7 a few years ago. That car could hold its head high against competitors like the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
, Audi S8
and Bentley Flying Spur Speed
, with extra horsepower, refined handling and unique looks setting it apart from standard 7 series
fare. Sadly, that car was only produced from 2007-2008 and since '09 there's been nothing to fill the void.
Today in Chicago we saw a bright light on the horizon. Just in time to do battle with the upcoming Jaguar XJR
, Porsche Panamera Turbo
and the like, BMW unveiled the 2011 Alpina B7
. Functional front and rear fascias and spoilers, 20-spoke, 21-inch Alpina wheels, hand-stitched "Lavalina" leather and Alpina badges and sills differentiate this from lesser 7s.
Underhood there's a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - 100 hp and 66 lb-ft better than the 750i, with a 0-60 dash of 4.5 seconds. Available in short wheelbase for $122,875 or extended wheelbase at $126,775, it's a helluva car for helluva lot scratch. Press release after the jump and live gallery below.
Gallery: 2011 BMW Alpina B7
Live photos copyright (C)2010 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: BMW]Continue reading Chicago 2010: BMW ends three year Alpina B7 drought for 2011
Chicago 2010: BMW ends three year Alpina B7 drought for 2011
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